The College World Series final is set, and it will feature the UCLA Bruins (36-21) and the Indiana Hoosiers (34-22) in what is sure to be a solid, run scoring match up.
Both teams advanced after series sweeps, and so they remain undefeated, making for an exciting pairing in the first NCAA Division I championships.
The Hoosiers offense has been hot during the post-season, with left fielder Bobby Finch tagging a homer on Virginia Tech in the opening round, and RBIs also coming from Aurélien Delhaye, Harrison Shaw and Antonio Gallegos. Gallegos made a name for himself earlier in the season, when he hit Grand Slam home runs against both of the Michigan teams: first, on February 26th against the Michigan Wolverines, then on March 6th against the Michigan State Spartans. He has another year to play before becoming draft eligible.
Indiana has also been able to provide superb pitching, including a complete game shutout from Jonathan Davis in that opener with Virginia Tech.
The offense then went on to bury Duke in the Final Four round, with a 13-4 opening game and an 11-0 shutout to finish the Blue Devils off. Shaw tagged Duke for 2 home runs in the opening game, and Jason Brown accomplished the same feat in Game 2 for the series sweep, and was named MVP of the series.
Meanwhile, regular season star Carl Simms Jr. has been mainly quiet so far in the off-season, though he did homer in the opener against the Florida Gators. The Bruins then blanked Arizona State in the Final Four, taking the first game 4-0 as Dave Hernandez shut down the Sun Devils bats, then finishing off with an 11-6 victory in Game 2.
The series starts tomorrow in Indiana, before moving to LA for game 2 and the possible game 3. Dave Hernandez is scheduled to take the mound for the Bruins, while Jonathan Davis will pitch for Indiana.